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Forgotten Toddler Left at Airport by Family

A 23-month-old earned his wings without ever leaving the ground. The child was accidentally left behind while dashing for a flight with his parents and grandparents. All of the adults assumed he was with another member of the group.

Security found the babe wandering between the airport's check point and the boarding gates. The boy did not speak English and was going to travel as a lap child so he was not registered in any system. Since his parents did not realize he was missing, it took a while for personnel to track down the youngster's guardians. To see what happened,


According to CNN report:

The parents were put into telephone contact with the little boy, and Parreno was put on another Air Canada plane to return to Vancouver to get him after the family's flight arrived in Winnipeg, with the airline covering the cost of the two additional flights, she said.

A Tagalog-speaking agent took the boy as his charge until he was reunited with his father. I can't imagine the panic the parents must have felt.

Have you ever lost your child?

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CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
While I can understand not noticing since they weren't seated together, something about the story just seems off to me. You would think one that they would have clarified who would be responsible for the child. I assume they didn't accidentally leave their luggage behind, too. Glad the little boy is safe and has been reunited with his family, though :)
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I figured they were all seated separately. I still think it's a huge oversight. Especially at somewhere like an airport, where you're not even there by the time you figure it out, wouldn't you verify every step of the way?
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
i read an article about this yesterday- apparently there were 4 adults- 3 ran ahead and the 4th was a ways behind. they were late for their connecting flight. the first 3 thought the fourth had the kid, while the 4th thought someone up front had him. Also- their seats on the plane were not together- they were spread out, so each person thought someone else had him. I can see how this could happen, but they are so lucky it ended the way it did!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I am with the comments about would they not have noticed when they got to their seats on the plane? Geez!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
How do you just forget your child?? Maybe its just me but when I am with multiple people I still check to see where my daughter is and who has her - maybe I'm just paranoid. I feel so bad for that little boy, he must have been so scared!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Wouldn't they have noticed the child missing once they all boarded and were strapped into their seats? Who was the "lap" in charge of sitting the child? Mere negligence.
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
My Dad lost me once in Sesame Land. But instead of getting me, he took pictures of me being lost, lol...
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Greggie--I agree with you. I have learned to increase my vigilance when there are more adults around. People are so easily distracted. But it is definitely something I had to learn--so I agree with meumitsuki, also. This situation is awfully neglectful. In a busy place like an airport with such a young child? These parents are lucky to have experienced a happy ending.
Celebrity Celebrity 9 years
Hmm, since he was a lap seat ticket you would think they definitely would have noticed before take off. Way scary.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Greggie I'm with you.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
My level of supervision goes up with more adults around. Part of it is that I never assume my parents, sister, or in-laws will take responsibility for my child (and why should they) and partly because the more "taller" people in attendance, the easier it is for a little one to be overlooked.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
What a nightmare. The poor little kid!!! So the parents made it all the way to their destination? You'd think they would notice before take-off?
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I kind of feel I don't have much of a right to an opinion, seeing as how I'm not a parent and don't have that kind of experience, but part of me just screams "WTF?"
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I have found that the more adults there are, the watching level declines. When its one parents and child, the parent is keenly aware of what is going on.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
how sad
isahrangme isahrangme 9 years
real life home alone! kinda.... wow
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I simply can't imagine just assuming someone else had my child. Especially a toddler, and especially when he's the only child in the group. It's not like there's three or four keeping everyone on their toes.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
Oh my GOSH. I'm distraught just reading about it.
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